Lisa Wong Macabasco joined Hyphen in 2006; she has worked as the magazine's features editor, managing editor, and editor in chief. Berkeley and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and co-founded the National Asian American Student Conference.
She has written for Mother Jones, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Asian Week, Audrey, Filipinas and Color Lines’ Race Wire. She was formerly an editor at Asian Week newspaper and an editor in the marketing department of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In order to speak from your high horse for such a long time without your ass getting sore; you need a saddle.
Statistically, I’m the least attractive person in the dating scene. It’s why a huge clothing company like Abercrombie & Fitch can make shirts with Asian stereotypes like “Two Wongs Can Make It White.” It’s why Stephen Colbert (whom I love, by the way), can get away with non-apologies when he cracks yet another Asian joke. Worst of all, it appears that Asians don’t care, either. You can drag an Asian-American off an airplane, and the most noise you’ll hear from other Asians is that they just don’t want to be seen as noisy and displeasing.
Alongside black women, the Asian-American male is considered the most ugly and undesirable person in the room. It’s why Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old Japanese college student, can get run over by a police car in New York, and the officer goes free and no one chants in the streets. The thing is, there are no shortage of Asian-American men who are physically and intellectually desirable, who could portray themselves as fully living beings with compelling stories and relatable conflicts.
I have more shocking news for you; all of them are married or have steady girlfriends. They're concerned for their future children and other single Asian men who are down on their luck and demoralized. When the Chinese first came to this country, we formed our own enclaves and Tongs to protect ourselves from whites.
Is it simply intolerable to witness an Asian-American switch lanes between the sidekick and the star?
Your "saddle" is to pawn off all detractors or complaints from Asian men as being "bitter" and "dateless." It’s typical but not surprising.
Six of Asian male friends complain about the situation for Asian men and how Asian women have pretty much shunned them from greener pastures.
Has the Asian-American male been permanently imprinted as comic relief or Karate expert?
Is it too culturally explosive to pair an Asian-American male with a non-Asian female? I mean that we can still fight against the pervasive, seemingly impermeable walls around the identity of the Asian male, by reaching and demanding for more challenging roles in every sphere of media.